An enamelled gold seventeenth century posy ring

‘Constancie is a noble vertue’



yellow gold, the interior engraved in italicised script:

‘Constancie is a noble vertue’

The outside of the band is elaborately worked and was decorated with green enamel leaves against a white enamel ground. Exceptionally some of the enamel remains.

English, circa 1650.

Maker’s mark an ‘R’ in a cartouche.

Weight: 1.8 g.

The ring has taken on an oval shape over the centuries, adopting the form of a finger.


Discovered by a metal detectorist on cultivated land in the parish of Wickwar, South Gloucestershire on 5th October 2021. The ring was declared to H.M’s Coroner as treasure, given treasure case number: 2021T829 and recorded on the Portable Antiquities Scheme as GLO-324BBE.




Wickwar, South Gloucestershire

A variant spelling of the ring’s legend is recorded in English Posies and Posy Rings, by Dame Joan Evans, (London, 1931 & 2012), pg 29.